Hopewell Valley Groups Partner for Evening of Community Engagement

In the quest to inspire community connections that spark ongoing relationships, Global Connections, Hopewell Valley Race & Diversity Discussion Group (HVRDDG), and the Global Peace Foundation will co-host an evening of community engagement catered by The Peasant Grill. This free event will be held on Friday, June 14 from 6:30 to 9pm at Timberlane Middle School and is suitable for adults and 11th and 12th graders.

“Our regular potluck dinners and discussions have been a great way to engage with friends,” said Renata Barnes, HVRDDG facilitator, “But, we tend to see the same people each time, so we were thrilled when the Global Connections team reached out and wanted to collaborate and expand the circle to include the schools and greater community.”

The forum will include an in-depth look at the role of social media and facilitate meaningful discussions intended to build strong community partnerships that link individuals, families, communities, organizations, and agencies. With issues facing the community, such as social-emotional health, racism, and bullying, as well as public concerns about new development, cost of living, and political direction, social media can compound polarization and predominant contact with a tight-knit friend group can limit exposure to new people and ideas, explain the group in their press information.

“Our goal is to raise awareness, enable informed conversations that strengthen connections, and increase resiliency through shared values and a community-based approach that benefits all families,” added Dr. David Angwenyi, Global Connections Advisor. “We hope relationships formed last far beyond the evening.”

  • June 14th – Check-in at 6pm. Program 6:30 – 9:00pm

  • Timberlane Middle School – 51 S Timberlane Dr, Pennington, NJ 08534

  • Adults and 11th & 12th graders are encouraged to attend

  • Registration is required by June 10 to get headcount for this free program

The program is sponsored by the Global Peace Foundation who has been collaborating with community, faith-based organizations, first responders, and law enforcement agencies to train and prevent targeted violence in New Jersey. May include sensitive subjects such as bias, extremism, radicalization to violence, race and culture. This eye-opening discourse will share facts, empirical data, and dispel myths.

Hopewell Race & Diversity Discussion Group is a community organization that provides regular opportunities for community members in the Hopewell Valley and beyond to discuss race and racism in brave spaces, and to build relationships with neighbors over a shared meal in an effort to improve mutual understanding. Contact hvrddg@gmail.com.

Global Connections Foundation (GCF) is a nonprofit that fosters global citizenship by advancing educational diplomacy. GCF strives to broaden high school students’ perspectives by engaging them on global issues of concern and providing them a forum where they can engage with other students from around the world so as to link communities. Contact Dr. Angwenyi at davidangwenyi@hvrsd.org.

Global Peace Foundation(GPF): is an international non-sectarian, non-partisan, nonprofit organization which promotes peacebuilding. GPF engages and organizes a global network of public and private sector partners who develop community, national and regional peacebuilding models as the foundation for ethical and cohesive societies. Contact Wanda Moore at wmoore@globalpeace.org or vist globalpeace.org.

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